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How Diabetes is treated in the modern era of Western Medicine

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Australia: Living With Diabetes

Diabetes, it’s an ugly word that is affecting more and more people by the day. In Australia alone diabetes affect 1.7 million Australians. This includes the 1.2 million afflicted with type 1 and the 500,000 afflicted with type 2 diabetes. It is said that roughly 289 Australians will develop diabetes every single say. In fact, more than 100,000 have developed diabetes just in the past year. In this article I would like to discuss the causes and treatments of diabetes so that you can live a better life today.

Diabetes in Australia

First things first, I’d like to share some more facts related the severity of diabetes in Australia. Aside from being the leading cause for preventable blindness in Australia, anywhere between 25 and 33% of all Australians have reported some type of diabetic retinopathy. 15 percent of Australians with diabetes also report having diabetic macular edema. And as a country it has been reported that the total indirect cost of diabetic macular edema related  vision loss is estimated to be around 2.07 BILLION per year.

Heart disease

Aside from that heart disease is a major factor as well. The fact is, people with diabetes are two to four times more likely to develop some form of heart disease in their lifetime. It is also the number one cause of death among those who have type 2 diabetes. It totals roughly two thirds of ALL death for those with diabetes in general. And it’s not like it’s going away, diabetes is actually the fastest growing chronic condition currently in the country of Australia. More than heart disease, more than cancer, diabetes has higher prevalence every single year.

What causes diabetes

But what causes someone to get diabetes in the first place? And while it varies by the type of diabetes you have you can be sure of one thing, you have too much sugar in your blood and you’re unable to process it. This can lead to very serious health related issues. The glucose (sugar) in your body is meant to be absorb and used as your energy source, not to mention the main fuel source for your brain to run, but with diabetes you simply can not absorb is as well. If you are lucky enough to catch it when you are still I. The pre-diabetes stage, immediate talk to your doctor because this is actually still reversible.

Symptoms

If you aren’t so fortunate you should know what to look out for as far as symptoms go to tell you when it’s time to talk to your doctor about treatment options. The presence of ketones in your urine. These ketones are a byproduct of the breakdown of your muscle and fat since you do not have enough available insulin within your body. This condition does a lot of nasty things to your body including:

  • Increase in thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Blurted vision
  • Slow healing sores
  • Frequent infections

If you notice a consistent pattern in these things, then chances are it’s in your best interest to see a doctor immediately. Among those with diabetes you have probably heard of type 1 and type 2. You can actually develop type 1 diabetes at any age often appearing when you are younger during childhood and adolescence. Type 2 diabetes can also develop at any age, but is much more common later in life, typically after 40 years of age or more.

Lifestyle

Unfortunately you can not prevent type 1 diabetes, but changes in lifestyle that can help prevent you treat prediabetes, type 2, and gestational diabetes can also prevent them. So make sure to eat more healthy food. Lower fat and lower sure is your friend, the same goes for foods high in fiber. Fruits, vegetable, and grains are your friend in this department. Exercise roughly around 30 minutes or so at least can be another big factor as a prevention factor. If you’re overweight, shedding those excess pounds can really help. Losing 14 pounds when you weight 200 is enough to reduce your risks right away. Of course there are always medications but that should really be a conversation between you and your doctor. So take action and remember to always be happy, and be healthy.

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9 thoughts on “How Diabetes is treated in the modern era of Western Medicine

  • Chase Cameron says:

    When I was pregnant with my oldest child, I had undiagnosed gestational diabetes. We discovered this when she was born, and she was over 9 pounds. Many people don’t know this, but having gestational diabetes is often an indicator that you will end up with diabetes down the road, and a few years later, I was diagnosed with diabetes.

  • David Miller says:

    I was diagnosed at the age of 31 while joining a IT company. They took drug tests and I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I took two times pills one in the mornings and another at night before food . I had set up appointments for regular checkups in frequency of 3 months time to check up my sugar levels. I was not taking any items which has direct sugar in it. Regular pills without any break in between, diet, exercise made my reading come down to normal level. As the levels were coming down the doctor advised me to reduce the dosage of the medicines I was taking and allowed some little sugar added items and some fruits to consume. Going on further for a year or so the levels was normal, after sometime from high sugar couple of times it went to low sugar level where I have to stop some medication. sometime I have eaten a candy at lower sugar levels

  • Darcy Colling says:

    I was diagnosed with diabetes in 7th grade. It was a friday afternoon in Feburary, and when I got admitted into the hospital, I thought of all the kids going home for that weekend, while I had to stay. It snowed that weekend, and I got to look out the window and watch kids have snowball fights while I learned how to inject insulin into a grapefruit, and then myself, before I could go home days later.

  • Cody Colling says:

    My boyfriend, diagnosed in his mid 30’s, has type 2 diabetes and is insulin dependent,which means he has to take insulin after dinner every day. He has to always be so careful to watch what he eats and drinks, and also to be careful to not let his blood sugar get too low. Too low of a blood sugar value has other complications like sweating, dizzyness, lightheadedness, and the shakes. His blood tested every 3-6 months to monitor his A1C values, and hope they came down some. His doctor is always looking for new medications to try, the latest is trulicity, which just means another injection. When we travel, we have to take a cooler to keep his meds in and hope any lodging has a refrigerator. He is always at risk for wounds that won’t heal, especially on his arms and legs and he has to have his eyes monitored for glaucoma. I get worried when I haven’t heard from him in too long, that something might have happened. It really is a life changing disease, and not for the better.

  • Sonny Harrison says:

    I was initially diagnosed with gestational diabetes during my first pregnancy. Following that pregnancy, I worked extra hard to make sure that I was not going to slip into pre-diabetes or diabetes. I was very healthy and got pregnant again. I was diagnosed again and again was able to control my glucose levels with proper diet. Following my second pregnancy, I did not do a good job maintaining a healthy diet or lifestyle. Unfortunately, I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes and then diabetes, even when I began to work out and eat more properly. I am currently on medication to control my sugars and do ok most of the time. There are occasional times (like holidays) where I have a hard time with keeping good levels. However, I try to counteract some of the elevated levels with lots of walking and aerobic activity.

  • Christian Reid says:

    I was really worried I might have diabetes the other week. I was staying at a friend’s house and it was the holidays so we were pigging out all the time, and that night in their bed I pissed myself for the first time since being like 3 years old. Was able to clean it up and as far as I know no one else learned about it, but it was really embarrassing. I asked a doctor and he said not to worry about it unless it happens again.

  • Maxwell Graham says:

    My family member got diabetes and has been battling with it ever since. She’s a strong woman and has created a scholarship for those who have diabetes and can’t afford education or medical assistance.

  • Jesse Graham says:

    I was born with type 1 diabetes and it has been very hard. I have to inject myself with insulin and my sugar levels can spike and lower to dangerous amounts if I am not careful. living with diabetes has made my life harder but it did not make my life impossible. I will not let my disease define me and I will continue to make progress with my life and live my best life.

  • Bodhi Thomas says:

    Diabetes unfortunately runs in my family. My cousin on my mother’s side has it, her father has it, and my maternal grandmother had it. I fear that I am starting to develop the disorder as well. I am gaining some weight and my legs and arms are tingly. I am scared for the future.

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